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Health & Social Well-being

Health and Social Well-Being


This thematic progam is anchored in SDG 3 that ensures healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Of particular concern is improving maternal and neo-natal health (MDG 5) which has been very slow. IRCK aims to address the challenges of poor health outcomes in rural and urban areas, conflict affected and undeserved communities by working within the existing health framework to establish and promote health and social well-being programs that provide rapid and long-term capacity-building and access to health care to improve health and quality of life, and will give children, mothers and communities more control over their health status.

Strategic Objective : To promote improved health services delivery in community health, WASH and social protection for women, children, PLWD and youth.

Strategic approaches

  1. Advocate for formulation/review and implementation of sound health policies at national and county levels.
  2. Build partnerships, networking and alliance with like-minded partners.
  3. Generate evidence based data, monitoring, documentation and learning

Social Protection of Vulnerable groups

Religious leaders empowered to articulate issues on social protection of vulnerable groups (UNCRC, Children’s Act 2001, Health Laws, Sexual offences Act and Anti- Trafficking bill among others) and Religious leaders supported to advocate for social protection of vulnerable groups..

The UNICEF Kenya Country Representative to Kenya, Ms. Shaheen Snilofer visit to the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya.


Strengthening Faith Systems for Early Childhood Development in Kenya.

Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK) in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is implementing an ECD project (0-3years) dubbed, Strengthening Faith systems for ECD in Kenya funded by the Hilton foundation which is a 3 year project. The target counties are Busia, Vihiga, Kisumu, Siaya, Homabay, Kakamega, Nyamira within the Lake Region Economic bloc. The project seeks to build the capacity of the Inter faith leaders in the target counties, in order to advocate for Nurturing Care Framework and positive parenting.

Interfaith Response to Covid-19

Inter-Religious Council of Kenya partnered with African Council for Religious Leaders (ACRL) and the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) to create community awareness particularly within the informal settlements of Kenya, rural communities in high prevalence/vulnerable counties and  the country at large.

Faith for Vaccine (F4V) Back to School (BTS) E-SIR and Better Health Care” Project

The Inter- Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK) is a coalition of the major faith communities in Kenya that mobilizes the unique moral and social resources of Religious People to address shared concerns in Kenya. IRCK with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is implementing “Faith for Vaccine (F4V) Back to School (BTS) ESIR and Better Health Care” Project. The aim of the project is to enhance access to and uptake of COVID-19 vaccination in Kenya; Strengthen child protection systems and Improve sexual and gender-based violence prevention and response practices in Kenya.

  1. Capacity building of religious leaders to effectively intervene on high impact health indicators in their congregations and communities.
  2. Advocacy for development, review and implementation of sound health policies at national and county levels and adoption of appropriate behavior change in the community.
  3. Partnerships, Networking and alliance building with like-minded partners.
  4. Evidence based research, monitoring, evaluation and documentation on the focus areas.
  1. Enhanced capacity for religious leaders and congregations to address maternal neonatal child health, improved nutrition, HIV/AIDS, and sexual and reproductive health issues;
  2. Support religious leaders at the national and county levels to identify and respond to health policy gaps, formulate, review and implement sound health policies;
  3. Sustainable partnerships and networks on heath and well being
  4. Documented strategies and advocacy on good health and well-being of faith communities.

CRS 'Strengthening Faith systems for ECD in Kenya' Project Gallery

UNICEF “Faith for Vaccine (F4V) Back to School (BTS) ESIR and Better Health Care” Project Outcomes

Religious Leaders launch of vaccination drives in worship places
The UNICEF Kenya Country Representative to Kenya, Ms. Shaheen Snilofer visit to the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya.

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